Come wintertime, Valle di Ledro changes its colours as the blue of the lake and the green of the mountains turn into white and everything gets covered by a candid blanket of snow. Put on snowshoes, ski or ice skates and discover Valle di Ledro, or simply walk and take advantage of the easy family-friendly itineraries. Snowshoe walks in Tremalzo, cross-country skiing in Val Concei, Christmas Market in Bezzecca, tapis roulant and ice skating rink in Tremalzo.
Snowshoes walks on the white snow which covers this part of the valley so thickly. Tremalzo was once a little ski resort (1600 m). The Marogna area is not far from Albergo Garda and can be reached following the old military road built by Italian soldiers during the First World War. Be careful, as the walk can be dangerous if snow isn’t properly settled or if there is too much. Passo Dil, commonly called La Viola after the lady who used to run Rifugio Bezzecca, can also be reached form Albergo Garda walking towards Cima Avez, which offers beautiful views over the southern Adamello and the mountains surrounding Lake Idro.
Starting from Lenzumo, 8 km walk along the valley floor naturalistic path towards Al Faggio, among centuries old beech trees, firs and picturesque huts.
During particularly cold winters the waterfall freezes and offers an incomparable sight to those who venture along the short path from the Bugatini mill to this ravine along the Massangla stream.
In Tremalzo, at Albergo Garda, kids tapis roulant, bob and sleigh course (bob and snowshoes rental).
An old military road built by the Italians during the First World War leads from Albergo Garda to the Marogna area. An alternative is to walk from Passo Dil to Cima Avez, with wonderful views over the southern Adamello and the mountains around Lake Idro. Attention: The path can be dangerous when there’s little snow or when the snow has not yet properly settled.
Here is a tip for an easy snowshoeing itinerary in the Tremalzo area:
Rifugio Pernici can be reached both from Valle di Ledro, through Val Concei, and from Riva del Garda.
Because of the steepness of the mountains sides in Valle di Ledro, there aren’t many tracks which are suitable for the winter months.
There are mountain guides to introduce newbies and beginners to the world of ski mountaineering, snowshoes, icefalls and freeride skiing.
Start from Rifugio Garibaldi (1500 m) and reach the top of Monte Tremalzo (1974 m), where the antenna is located. It’s quite an easy itinerary which unfolds through the woods and along the north-western side of the mountain. Return along the same way.
Start from Lenzumo (780 m – Whether it is possible to start further up depends on snow conditions) and reach Malga Trat (1500 m). Proceed towards Dos dei Seaoi and up to Cima Carèt (1793 m), directly over Lake Ledro. Snow conditions permitting, continue to Cima Parì (1990 m). On the way back, along the same route, it is possible to stop at Rifugio Pernici, which is open from 26 December to 8 January and during weekends in January and February.
In quiet Val Concei, in Chinaec (2.5 km from Lenzumo, along the road to Rifugio Al Faggio), there is a cross-country skiing run. The whole run, which unfolds through Val Concei among green trees, is 3,5 km long. Starting from 5 pm till 9 pm, the run is partially illuminated.
Sci Club Ledrense, which runs the facility, is responsible for maintenance and for the organization of skiing courses for children and adults with qualified skiing instructors. Christmas courses for young people and children take place from 23 December to 5 January.
You get access to the skiing run for free but if you want to make a donation to the Sci Club click here.
Further information are to be found on the FB page of Sci Club Ledrense.
Rifugio Pernici: Rifugio Pernici, at Bocca di Trat (1.600 m) is open every day from 26 December to 6 January and during the weekends in January and February. The Rifugio can be reached from Lenzumo (800 m drop, 8 km) or via Malga Grassi, above Riva del Garda.
During the winter let yourself be tempted by the delicious dishes of Valle di Ledro cuisine. Polenta di patate ( i.e. potato polenta) warms up the spirit after a winter day, especially if it’s accompanied by venison or stew. Gnocchi boemi (i.e. Bohemian dumplings) are a legacy of the Great War, when the people of Ledro were evacuated to Bohemia.
The history of human settling in Valle di Ledro is thousands of years old. 4.000 years ago, during the Bronze Age, the shores of Lake Ledro played host to a pile-dwelling village. In the last century, over 10.000 poles have been found. The discovery has garnered Lake Ledro the recognition of UNESCO. The museum and the village recreate the atmosphere of the village which must have reigned in the village back in the time of our forefathers.
This little museum in the centre of Pieve houses tools, stills and pestles used by the Foletto family during the last two centuries. In this laboratory, which also contains a precious herbarium dating back to 1890, time has come to a halt and has made room for a comparison between past and present.
Cost € 5.00 – Minimum 6 persons – Reservations at the museum
Many events are organized to liven up Valle di Ledro during the winter. Concerts, Christmas markets, snowshoes walks, mulled wine under the Christmas tree and much more… Have a look at Events and News to discover more.
Have you ever heard about a giant called Gilli? Come and visit its house in Bezzecca and discover lots of curiosities about this great man.
The vaults and alleys of Bezzecca are home to the third edition of the Village of the Giant, a Christmas market offering food delicacies, local products and craft items.
Each village of Valle di Ledro is richly decorated. Nativity scenes and decorations can be uncovered by walking through the village centres.
Biacesa is the village of nativity scenes. Under each vault, in each alley und behind every window, there are various nativity scenes, some of them very original. In Molina there’s a big nativity scene by the staircase leading up to the church, while in Mezzolago, the nativity scene is at the public wash fountain, which is still in function. Pieve is home to fairies.
Besides organising the Christmas Village of the Giant, Bezzecca is also decorated with nativity scenes and ornaments, which change every year. In each village of Val Concei there are decorations as well as a big Christmas tree and crib in Enguiso. In Tiarno di Sotto, the white decorated tree stands out in front of the second tallest church tower in Trentino. In Tiarno di Sopra lights and decorations await the visitor.